Today, you can’t attend a construction industry conference or read through a magazine without being exposed to BIM, 3D modeling or virtual design construction. Even though these new buzz words are popping up everywhere in the industry trends, how many companies are actually implementing them?
According to McGraw-Hill Construction Report, “The Business Value of BIM in North America: Multi-Year Trend Analysis and User Ratings (2007–2012),” BIM adoption expanded from 17 percent in 2007 to 71 percent in 2012, demonstrating a significant growth. This survey shows that BIM adoption rates are continuing to increase, companies are implementing it more frequently and “model everything” is where we are heading in the construction industry.
Some companies are even taking it a step further and progressing beyond 3D. According to the research conducted by J.C. Cannistraro, a contractor based in Watertown, Mass., BIM saves money as the team gets more collaborative. On its 2D projects, the firm saw 18.42 percent in additional change order costs from its base contracts. Change order costs dropped to 11.7 percent when the firm used BIM in-house but did not collaborate. When they exchanged models and data with multiple parties, change order costs dropped significantly to 2.68 percent.
Visualizing your project with 3D models will provide more accurate information. But when you link your 3D models with key project data such as scheduling, estimating, procurement and more, you will have better communication between different stakeholders in a timely fashion, creating the collaborative BIM environment.
Would you like to explore the possibility to improve your project outcome by moving beyond 3D?